Carrie Underwood Video Scores the Big Win at the 2014 CMT Music Awards
The 2014 CMT Music Awards featured its usual array of dazzling performances, humorous moments and, oh yes, awards at the annual ceremony at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Wednesday night (June 4). The awards honor the year’s top music videos as voted by fans, and the grand prize, Video of the Year, went to Carrie Underwood for her touching “See You Again” clip.
Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line copped multiple awards, with both acts sharing Collaborative Video of the Year for “Round Here.” Luke also shared the CMT Performance of the Year award with one of his musical heroes, Lionel Richie. “I won an award with Lionel Richie,” Luke announced after the victory. “What more can I say?”
As always, the CMT Music Awards was dotted with genre-bending duet performances. The show opened with Texas rockers ZZ Top, Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan on “This Is How We Roll.” Also, Jennifer Nettles, pop star John Legend and Hunter Hayes blended smoothly on “All of Me.” One of the show’s top moments occurred with a tribute to Alan Jackson. Alan received the first CMT Impact Award for his contributions to country music over the past 25 years. Kacey Musgraves and Lee Ann Womack paid musical tribute to Alan with a rendition of his classic “Livin’ on Love.”
Individual performances also highlighted the proceedings. Jake Owen provided a fun moment by rocking his new hit “Beachin’” outside the Bridgestone Arena, with fans digging the action. Dierks Bentley performed “Drunk on a Plane” backed by a bevy of dancing stewardesses, while Luke made his way through the animated crowd on his single “Play It Again.” Keith Urban rocked on a performance of his hit “Cop Car.”
Carrie and Miranda Lambert lit up the stage with their “Somethin’ Bad” duet, trading lines and shouts along the way. Carrie barely had enough time to catch her breath when she hit the stage again to accept the Video of the Year honor for “See You Again.”